Biography

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading violinists on the international concert scene, performing with the world’s major orchestras. The New York Times reports that she plays with, “Balanced lyricism and fire - among her assets are a finely polished technique and a beautifully varied palette of timbres.” After her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Chicago Tribune reported, “From her magical entry over hushed orchestral strings to the biting swagger she brought to the dancing finale, it was evident that her feeling for this music runs as deep as her technical command.” 

Ms. Steinbacher is appearing with the leading international orchestras including the Boston Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, The Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresdner Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, WDR Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonie, and Cleveland Orchestra; she has worked with conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Jurowski, Zubin Mehta, Marek Janowski, Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Vasily Petrenko, and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. 
 
Steinbacher’s career was launched in 2004 with an extraordinary and unexpected debut in Paris, when she stepped in on short notice for an ailing colleague and performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Sir Neville Marriner. Her diverse and deep repertoire includes more than thirty concertos for violin. In addition to all of the major concertos of the Classical and Romantic period, she also performs those of Barber, Bartók, Berg, Glazunov, Khatchaturian, Milhaud, Prokofiev, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Szymanowski, Hindemith, Hartmann, and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Offertorium. 
 
Born in Munich in 1981 to a German father and a Japanese mother, Ms. Steinbacher began studying the violin at the age of three. Her mother is a professionally trained singer who came to Germany from Japan to study music, and her father was the first Solorepetitor in the Bayerische Staatsoper, from 1960 to 1972. At nine, she became the youngest violin student of Ana Chumachenko at the Munich Academy of Music.  Among Arabella Steinbacher's numerous recording honors are 2 ECHO-Klassik Awards (considered to be the German equivalent of the Grammy) “Les Chocs du Mois” from Le Monde de la Musique, and two German Record Critics Awards as well as the prestigious Editors Choice Award from Gramophone magazine.
 
Ms. Steinbacher currently plays the "Booth" Stradivari (1716) generously provided by the Nippon Music Foundation. 

Discography

Bruch - Korngold Violin Concertos & Chausson Poème

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Sergei Prokofiev - The 2 Violin Concertos & Sonata for Violin Solo

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Johannes Brahms - Complete works for Piano and Violin

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Szymanowski & Dvořák - Violin Concertos

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Béla Bartók - The 2 Violin Concertos

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Pentatone Limited - Creating Timeless Classics

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Mozart - Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 5

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Sonatas for Violin and Piano by César Franck and Richard Strauss

Arabella Steinbacher

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Mendelssohn & Tchaikovsky - Violin Concertos

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Fantasies, Rhapsodies and Daydreams

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